carradee

Hi everyone! I'm afraid I don't have an update for AFoA today. I've been busy with another project, which is now in active beta!
          	
          	I've taken the short story "In the Hands of the Smith" and converted it to a quick gamebook, with 10 choices, 13 unlockable badges, and 6 possible endings (2 branches with 3 possible endings).
          	
          	I've tested it in 5 browsers myself, so as long as your browser's modern enough to use Wattpad, it should be able to use the gamebook.
          	
          	Find it here: http://games.mistiwolanski.com/beta

carradee

Hi everyone! I'm afraid I don't have an update for AFoA today. I've been busy with another project, which is now in active beta!
          
          I've taken the short story "In the Hands of the Smith" and converted it to a quick gamebook, with 10 choices, 13 unlockable badges, and 6 possible endings (2 branches with 3 possible endings).
          
          I've tested it in 5 browsers myself, so as long as your browser's modern enough to use Wattpad, it should be able to use the gamebook.
          
          Find it here: http://games.mistiwolanski.com/beta

carradee

As a heads-up to everyone following A Fistful of Air, I may not be able to post today. (Weather heated up, and even typing hurts…when my muscles aren't locking up.)
          
          I hope you're having a great Christmas!

carradee

Happy Sunday, everyone!
          
          I am back on-track with A Fistful of Air, posting a new scene each Friday. I have some fan fiction going over on AO3 (Archive of Our Own), and I have launched a Patreon project, where folks who can donate will get at least 1 original short story each month before it's available anywhere else, outside what I post here. (It probably won't even be related, a lot of the time, because all "short stories" I've tried writing for Aleyi lately been ending up longer than anticipated, like one that features Owen and Gobarul.)
          
          http://archiveofourown.org/users/Carradee/
          http://patreon.com/carradee
          
          I've also found this wonderful sermon series on the book of Esther, pointing out details and implications that a lot folks seem to overlook. http://www.tenth.org/resource-library/series-index/the-book-of-esther

carradee

Thanks! Winter helps a lot.
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PhoenixWinchester

@carradee glad you're back up and running!! Keep doing what you're doing! 
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carradee

Hi everyone. It's been a long time since I did a public message, and I'm sorry about that. The short of it is I've had severe allergies that worsened chronic pain. Lord willing, I'll be back to work on A Fistful of Air sometime soon.
          
          I hope you all are having a fantastic year!

carradee

Thank you, @LynnSwayze . :-) I'm pretty much stuck with it until things stop growing. Until then…
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LynnSwayze

@carradee Aw, I hope you feel better!
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PhoenixWinchester

Hi Misti!
          I've been following your works for quite a while, as you know...or not. I made a couple comments on AFoF, and then went to read other books, and then wondered if you had come up with any other books, which you had, so I've been reading like a FIEND to catch up on the Chronicles of Marsdenfel series, which you write beautifully, by the way. I do plan on buying the released ones on Amazon, if they're available in Canada...? 
          So there's your praise, now the questions, which I'm sure you get too much of as is, but I'm gonna join the masses for a minute. What is your timeline like for "Deception"? I would definitely go back and read the complete and final version. Also, for "Air", which I know is going to be a while, because I think you just started it recently...? Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm sorry if it sounds like I'm saying "come on, hurry up and get it done and over with!", I know books don't work that way, by all means, take as much time as you need. I'm asking out of curiosity and excitement, but mostly excitement! Hope you're well and I look forward to your response, thanks!

carradee

The pollen treatments from BioAllers have helped me some. Perhaps you'll also benefit from them. It's essentially a home alternative to allergy shots. I use the children's dose + HistaBlock, but my allergies are also INSANE.
            
            Lined index cards and reusable adhesive are my friends. ^_^
            
            (*Figurative* friends. I do have real friends that aren't my cat. [wink])
            
            Even in the ways that character's lives aren't yours, you can read memoirs or first-person accounts, listen to others telling their stories, and extrapolate from all that. Or you take something real and exaggerate, just a bit. Or tone it down. Or find some other way for something to happen that actually happened or nearly happened or…&tc.
            
            I look forward to chatting with you more in the future. :-)
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PhoenixWinchester

Ugh environmental allergies! I have those too, very unpleasant. I'm glad you're slowly getting everything back in order, some life experiences are ones people can definitely do without. I feel bad for your wall, I can only imagine what it looks like with story boards and flash cards and the like, it's good getting it down on paper though. I  appreciate the response very much, and very welcome for the comments and input, it's so much fun being a part of the process. The thing with some authors is they do transfer some of their experiences in to their characters, whoch is good therapy, but the only one who knows if their sharing their life with a character, or breathing new life in to one, is he or she who created it. Kind of their own little quirk. Thank you for answering my questions, I appreciate it, and I hope you get back to 100% (maybe 80%? Lol) very soon! I look forward to more exchanges in the comments of the books! Thanks again! :)
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carradee

You're reading my work? I had NO idea! O.o [/tongue in cheek]
            
            Fire, Earth, and Water should be available on Amazon.ca. If they aren't, please let me know.
            
            I can't finalize A Fistful of Deception until I've at least started the book after A Fistful of Air, and I've been on hiatus on A Fistful of Air for a while. Lord willing, I'll be able to get back into that one soon. Unfortunately, there's a reason I'm quite familiar with how behind-the-scenes manipulators work, and situations where people are legitimately trapped in a no-win situation (like Endellion) can trigger panic attacks and nightmares, since I'm out of that particular situation and it's safe to remember, now.
            
            None of the characters nor their family situations are specifically me, mind you. (Some of my poetry can tell you that dynamic, though the delineation between which poetry is autobiographical and which is figurative or just inspired by life or fictional altogether isn't always obvious.)
            
            And I'm one of those allergic-to-the-world and in-chronic-pain people (at least partially due to aforementioned escaped dynamic), which doesn't help. Granted, some of my allergies actually cause the chronic pain, among weirder symptoms. (I'll probably write about them or give some of them to a character, at some point, but seriously, some of my allergies exemplify "Truth is stranger than fiction.")
            
            I do appreciate the questions, though—it's encouragement, and I'm pretty sure that I'm hearing it in the spirit in which you mean it. :-)
            
            Thank you for all your comments. This past week has been rough for me, physically. Lots of pain, lots of muscle malfunction due to allergies. It's settling for the time being. I'm down to only about a 5 on that 1–10 pain scale (which obviously was not designed by someone with chronic pain), and 5's as low as I can get as long as stuff's blooming outside. :-)
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You're overlooking the cultural contexts for Aidan and Evonalé. A person's origins, culture, and experiences influence how they think, which influences how they interpret input. Aidan is a prince. There is no benefit and much detriment and even outright danger in befriending her. If all he wanted was friendship, it would be safer for them both if he was more subtle, and he's savvy enough to know what he's doing. Evonalé does have some anxiety issues that strengthen her fretting to a degree that some might call mild paranoia, but she has reason for her fear in general. She is also well aware that the "no benefit" in associating with her would change to "great benefit" to the man who got a child on her. Culturally speaking, she meets the qualifications for a prince's mistress, not his friend, especially since she's pretty. Does this help?